Up on the Roof!

Hey I had to let you know what’s been going on up on the roof? 

When I looked around wondering where we could go, that old song popped into my head. “Up on the Roof.” The pavers were being laid and the growth media (dirt) too, so come along and sing a little verse or two as we make our way Up on the roof!!

Air fresh and sweet,
Up on the roof,
Where we can get away from the noise down on the street
Up on the roof
On the roof the only place I know
Where the work is being done just to make it so!
Let’s go up on the roof!”

Now you know the greatest place to be is up on the ACS Green Roof!!!

― Joanna Brosnan

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ACS Green Roof Nursery Rhyme

Time for another update on the ACS Green Roof! 

You have all heard the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, we have penned our own version!!

ACS, ACS, How does your garden grow?
It grows with Green Roof plants in a line
Like White Stonecrop and Trumpet Honeysuckle vine
All planted in the media to grow!!!

Here are the latest pictures with a view of the root barrier which will prevent the plant roots from growing too deep, also the rocky layer of drainage material, next up growth media or better known as dirt!!!

― Joanna Brosnan

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Laying the waterproof membrane

Now that the waterproof membrane, which is the base of the Green Roof, has been laid we are ready to get down to the grass roots of the project.   Monday October 11th begins the laying of the green roof so with that in mind we have torn down walls and provided an entrance for employees to step through.  This new doorway will provide easy access for employees to step out onto the ACS Green Roof where they can sit back and enjoy the miracle of a roof that actually grows!!!!!!  Stay tuned for future updates.

― Joanna Brosnan

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Green Roofs Eliminate One Years Worth of CO2

As mentioned in our first blog entry only one in 10 buildings in Washington D.C. area have green roofs. But what if they all did? Well, scientists in Michigan recently calculated that replacing traditional roofing materials in an urban area the size of Detroit with green would be equivalent to eliminating a year’s worth of carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas – emitted by 10,000 mid-sized SUVs and trucks!

About 600,000 people live in Washington, D.C., and about 8 million live in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. So, small things like converting to green roofs can have a big impact on our lives.

To get a glimpse of the progress we’re making, check out our image gallery.

― Joanna Brosnan

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And so it begins…

Okay, we thought is was about time to show you some of the pictures and the progress we have made on the American Chemical Society Hach building Green Roof journey.  So watch your step!  The first stop has lots of supplies and equipment making its way to the top.  With first things first the membrane or foundation for the green roof has to be installed the plants will need this to support to take root and grow!!  Here is our first stop:

― Joanna Brosnan

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Let the Journey Begin! To the American Chemical Society’s Green Roof

Hello, everyone!  I’m Joanna Brosnan, director of the American Chemical Society’s Facilities Department, and the roof on one of our main facilities, Hach Building at 16th and M Streets in northwest Washington, DC, is going GREEN!!!! Nope! We don’t mean green paint or shingles, we’re talking plants, and yes we’re talking about “plants on the roof.”  A meadow on the roof. We’re delighted to offer a guided tour as the project progresses, right here at the ACS Green Roof Blog.  We certainly would enjoy the company because, as you know, having others come along on a trip makes the adventure that much more rewarding.  From concrete, bricks, and mortar to lush green vegetation and flowers all abloom,  the journey has begun and the destination is the Hach Building Green Roof.  The Hach building already had an energy-efficient “white roof,” which reflected sunlight and heat in the summer.  Now the building is becoming even more sustainable by going green. Watch for new posts chronicling the progress of this real-life adventure in sustainability at least twice a week.  You will be an eye-witness to the project from start to finish, as the Hach Building joins the barely 1 in 10 structures in the Washington, DC area that have green roofs.

― Joanna Brosnan

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